What to Watch Tuesday: Smash Is Back, NCIS Attacks a Hacker, Emily Owens Exits and More

Smash - Season 2On TV this Tuesday: Smash cuts, prints and moves on with its second season; NCIS gets a major cyber lead; Yes, Dear, there’s a fun reunion on Raising Hope; and Betty White turns 90… again. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

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8 pm Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special (NBC) | Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Will & Grace‘s Sean Hayes and a bunch more stars are on hand to help the Golden girl celebrate that which is otherwise known as her 91st birthday.

8 pm Raising Hope (Fox) | Yes, Dear alumni Brian Doyle-Murray, Mike O’Malley and Liza Synder guest-star in an hour-long episode that finds Hope recruited as an actress on Yo Zappa Do and Burt and Virginia searching for a personal (and incriminating) home video.

8 pm Pioneers of Television (PBS) | Season finale: Get behind-the-scenes details on some of TV’s biggest miniseries, including Rich Man, Poor Man, Roots and The Thorn Birds.

8 pm NCIS (CBS) | The team takes on a hacker who could help track down the most-wanted cyber terrorist in the world. Greg Germann returns as Deputy Director Craig, and Vik Sahay (Chuck) guest-stars.

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9 pm Smash (NBC) | Two-hour Season 2 premiere: Bombshell‘s run in Boston was a success, so now it’s time for Eileen, Julia, Tom, Derek and the crew to begin the transition to Broadway. Meanwhile, Karen meets a new mentor (played by Dreamgirls‘ Jennifer Hudson) and discovers new talent in an unexpected place, and Ivy wonders whether she has a future with the show. (Read fresh preview, watch a video sneak peek and a musical interlude and get lotsa scoop.)

9 pm The Bachelor (ABC) | ABC “happened” to wind up with a “spare” two-hour episode this season, so here it is, shamelessly aiming to empty some seats at the Smash premiere.

9 pm Emily Owens, M.D. (The CW) | Series finale: Emily decides to proceed with a relationship with Micah, but Will doesn’t like it. (Yep, cancelled.)

9 pm New Girl (Fox) | After last week’s sizzling kiss, Nick and Jess are put in a compromising position in front of Sam.

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10 pm White Collar (USA Network) | Peter and Neal work a forgery/money-laundering case that leads them into two of the most iconic New York institutions. (Hmm… could that be what creator Jeff Eastin refers to in this preview?)

10 pm Tosh.0 (Comedy Central) | Season 5 premiere: All of the cringeworthy video you could possibly stuff into a half-hour is back.

Hit the comments with your must-see picks from tonight’s lineup!

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  1. Maki says:

    So sad that this is the last ep of Emily. The show really has soul. But what can we do! Hope for the cast to come back in a different show! :D

  2. Amanda says:

    So incredibly bummed about E.O. being cancelled, but hopefully E.O. sticks with Micah and leaves that no good Will alone!!! Who would have EVER thought I would be rooting AGAINST Justin Hartley!?!?!? But I mean come on Will is no Fox Crane!!! ;)

    • Kristen says:

      Are we going to get to see how it ends though!? Or will this be like a normal episode and leave on a cliffhanger? Did they have enough notice to wrap the show up by tonight’s epi? I’m so bummed this show was cancelled. Horrible decision.

  3. Beth says:

    so upset about Emily Owens .. every week has been better and better! ;(

  4. mia says:

    Raising Hope + Primeval New World!! Will probably watch Betty White’s bday too

  5. Amy says:

    I’m also so sad Emily Owens is ending. The way the show was marketed and the previews shown made it look just horrible and unlikable. I almost didn’t even try it, but I did and I found it so refreshing and fun and kind.

    • Michelle says:

      YES. This show has depth, is light, fun, and heartwarming. It’s precious. (No matter what others who didn’t really stick through it say because obviously it didn’t start out to be the best but it has grown episode by episode.) The CW made a mistake on this one. RIP Emily Owens. (Crossing my fingers another network picks it up though. Please please pleaaase.)

  6. Adam says:

    Heartbroken about Emily Owens MD :(

    • MistyB says:

      same here :( :( :( i personally think networks should air all the piolets they make and let the audiences decide what gets picked up not pick up shows let ppl fall in love with them then cancel and not give them a full season

  7. Georgia Madman says:

    Emily Owens was awful — perhaps the worst show I have ever watched. It was the “Twilight” of TV shows without the ratings. Justin Hartley was wasted in it. He should have done Arrow instead even though he didn’t want to be tied to that character.

    • Elyse says:

      i like Twilight. hated Emily Owens though. awful!!! i hope Justin Hartley and Michael Rady get spots on shows that are actually good this fall.

      • brooke says:

        Give emily owens another try i watched the pilot then stopped for like 5 weeks then did a catch up and just fell in love with this sweet charming show its gotten really good the cw made an epically stupid decision in canceling it

        • Elyse says:

          i gave it 2 episodes and hated it. i always give shows more than one episode before i quit watching. i just hated the main character Emily. which stinks because i liked all the other characters but she was annoying IMO.

          • Christian says:

            Yet you like Twilight, who has the most annoying, sullen lead whose dour face begs to be punched. Your opinion is invalidated!

    • BonesForever says:

      When I saw a preview of the show Emily Owens, as much as a love Justin Hartley, I felt the show didn’t work and wouldn’t succeed. Tried a couple of times later, and just felt it was a loser still. Some shows just don’t have that quality that makes a winning show, and sorry for those who liked it, didn’t feel it worked.

  8. Scatterly says:


  9. Eric says:

    Pretty Little Liars
    Cougar Town
    And shame on you ABC for scheduling a “special” 2-hour Bachelor against Smash. I’m a Bachelor fan, but I won’t be watching or DVRing the “special” episode!!!

  10. ollie says:

    raising hope hart of dixie

  11. Elyse says:

    Tuesdays are all about Pretty Little Liars and Lying Game for me :) the rest i’ll DVR and watch later.

  12. Brandy says:

    PLL,Lying Game,HoD,Emily Owens MD,Smash

  13. lynn says:

    gutted about emily owens being cancelled. loved every episode !!! but since the heartbreak of moonlight being ripped from our tv’s i try not to get too attached to new shows :/

  14. Kelly says:

    I will be watching New Girl.

  15. Jade says:

    Hart of Dixie
    The Lying Game

  16. Justified
    White Collar
    Happy Endings
    Cougar Town

  17. CeeJ says:

    They made too early of a dicision on Emily Owens…a horrible timeslot to launch a new comedic drama if you ask me. I will miss it so much, had hoped another network would pick it up or the network would change their minds. As Maki posted above – this show has soul and its hard to find these days.

  18. Prue says:

    Looking forward to PLL and Emily Owens!

  19. Tran says:

    Pretty Little Liars & New Girl. No Happy Endings tonight :-(

  20. Andy says:

    New Girl, The Mindy Project, and catching up on last night

  21. Babybop says:

    Raising Hope, Mindy Project, Go On (if it’s new), and Cougar Town!

  22. Win says:

    Never say never when it comes to Emily. Shows have defeat death before. Emily may not have the best advantage but there is a resistance rising up. All hope may not be lost.

  23. PeterW says:

    cant wait for smash season 2 :) it was one of my favorites last year but really pissed emily owens m.d got cancelled each week its gotten better now i love it and only get one more episode :(

  24. Travis says:

    I agree with many about Emily Owens. M. D. What kills me is if this show were on a bigger major network it would probably have been a hit show! So disappointing. But I still have Arrow,Beauty and the Beast amongst my other 30 or so favorite shows lol

  25. heidi says:

    I only care about Hart of Dixie. I wish you’d put it on the list

  26. King says:

    Boring girls’ night of TV. Nothing for me.

  27. FayeD says:

    While I don’t watch PBS as much as I probably should, I am really looking forward to tonight’s 8 pm Pioneers of Television (PBS) particularly with regard to The Thornbirds a show I absolutely adored and still do.

  28. Nicole says:

    NCIS (live)
    Lying Game (live)
    Happy endings
    White Collar (Live)

  29. Sarah says:

    Raising Hope, New Girl, The Mindy Project, and Smash for me tonight!

  30. jp says:

    DVR…a million channels and nothing on…maybe dance moms

    • Jay says:

      A million channels is too many (understatement)! If there were fewer channels, they wouldn’t be stretched so thin and there would be better shows every night. Seriously, Dance Moms? Is that a real thing?

  31. Mary Morris says:

    Loved Mob Doctor, sorry it was cancelled
    I will watch NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles, and Vegas. Until Body Of Proof is on

    Smash is Smashed. Prefer Parent Hood

  32. sarah says:

    pretty little liars
    hart of dixie
    the lying game
    new girl


  33. The Beach says:

    White Collar
    Cougar Town

  34. Georgia says:

    Why no mention of Vegas? It’s a great show on CBS. Tonight we’ll be watching Justified, White Collar, Smash and Vegas. (Thankful for my DVR)

  35. nick1372 says:

    Betty White’s Off Their Rockers and Cougar Town. Can’t wait for Body of Proof in 2 weeks!!

  36. Joe says:

    Bad girls club!!

  37. Bre says:

    Sad that Emily Owens is cancelled. Why is the CW promoing it as a season finale and not a series finale though?

  38. bobbie says:

    Smash, NCIS, Emily Owens, The Lying Game, so looking forward to the return of Psych and Community, this month!!!! yay

  39. Karla says:

    Pleasee explain why cw called emily a SEASON finale? Please, oh please, bring it back! This was my favorite new show!!!